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Did Raiders host Tebow?

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Wednesday, April 7th, 2010 at 12:35 pm in Oakland Raiders.

Interesting nugget from NFL.com draft analyst Gil Brandt which suggests the Raiders have talked in depth with Florida quarterback Tim Tebow.

In making a point about what Brandt calls “mental quickness,” he offered an anecdote about a visit Tebow had with the Raiders, qualifying it by saying, “I’m not sure if this is true, but . . . ”

Anyway, as the story goes as told by Brandt to reporters on an NFL.com conference call, Tebow was asked to break down a play for the coaching staff and said, “This is how it’s called with Florida, this is how it’s called with your organization, and this is how it’s called with West Coast teams. I think that when you get a quarterback and he reacts that quickly, you know that the guy is not only pretty smart, but he does have that mental quickness to adjust very fast.”

While it seems unlikely the Raiders would consider Tebow at No. 8, it’s conceivable he could still be around when Oakland picks at No 39.

Some mock drafts have Tebow going in the mid- to late first-round after reviewing changes in his throwing mechanics as well as his off-the-charts character and some impressive physical attributes.

In an earlier conference call, Mel Kiper Jr. had Tebow going to the Buffalo Bills in the second round, No. 41 overall.

DHB changes number to 85

According to the Raiders roster on the club’s Web site, wide receiver Darrius Heyward Bey changed his uniform number from 12 to 85 and according to Profootballtalk.com had to pay for the remaining inventory of his former jersey number.

(Guessing they didn’t sell a lot of DHB jerseys last year _ so it probably wasn’t cheap).

Jerry Porter once declared he wanted to take Tim Brown’s No 81 as a way of honoring his former teammate, only to drop the idea when he learned of the cost of the switch.

Now that No. 12 is available, the Raiders have an open quarterback number in case they decide to draft Jimmy Clausen or Tebow.

Editor’s note: Should the Raiders draft Tebow? Cast your vote here.

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